With only 30 animals left in the eastern stock of North Pacific right whales, sightings are incredibly rare and special. In August 2021, a team of NOAA biologists spotted 4 animals near Kodiak Island. This video shows two sighted in Barnabas Trough.
At NOAA Fisheries, we've been working for the past 150 years to carry out our mission: supporting sustainable fisheries and safe sources of seafood; protecting marine life; and conserving healthy ecosystems. Here’s to the future of NOAA Fisheries.
For years, many have raised a question about whether river dolphins in South Asia—which live on either side of Indian sub-continent—are the same species or different species. New analysis by an international team has answered this once and for all.
At NOAA, fishing isn’t just our job, it’s our passion. Saltwater recreational fishing is the lifeblood of coastal communities, and we’re committed to supporting anglers through research and management decisions that keep fish populations sustainable.
On an underwater expedition off the coast of Puerto Rico in 2015, led by the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, scientists discovered a new species of comb jelly. It is the first species solely identified through high-definition video.
A Rule of Thumb for Viewing Hawaiian Monk Seals
Enjoying Hawaiian monk seals from a distance is easy with this simple rule of thumb!
NEFSC Gear Research Series: Going Low to Reduce Sea Turtle Bycatch
Working with fishermen across the East Coast, Northeast Fisheries Science Center researchers tested a new fishing gear design that reduces the chance of catching sea turtles in gillnets. Luckily they had underwater cameras to see how it works!
Listening for Whales: North Pacific right whale research in Gulf of Alaska
Jessica Crance describes observing, and listening to, North Pacific right whales in the Gulf of Alaska.
Atlantic Salmon Animation
Endangered Atlantic salmon are a Species in the Spotlight. Learn about the threats facing Atlantic salmon, and about what you can do to help protect and restore Atlantic salmon and their ecosystems.
Species in the Spotlight: Sacramento River Winter-Run Chinook
The Sacramento River system is home to the only winter-run Chinook salmon in the world. This unique population is cut off from its historical spawning and rearing habitat, and faces many other threats, but efforts are underway to help it recover.
Slow Zones for Right Whales
North Atlantic right whales are one of the most endangered large whale species. Collisions with vessels are one of the major threats these animals face. NOAA has announced Right Whale Slow Zones to help reduce the risk of vessel strikes.
Saving a Humpback Whale: A Disentanglement Tale
Monday, July 27th began a 4-day effort by trained responders to disentangle a humpback whale from submerged fishing gear near New York City. Multiple partners brought expertise and large boats to haul the heavy gear up and free the whale.
Searching for Type D: A New Species of Killer Whale?
In January, 2019, an experienced group of killer whale biologists launched an expedition from the southern tip of Chile into some of the roughest waters in the world, searching for what could be a new species of killer whale.
Species in the Spotlight: North Atlantic Right Whale
Facing a variety of man-made threats, North Atlantic right whales were listed under the Endangered Species Act in 1970. Once the right whale to hunt, these giants are now the right whales to save.
Habitat Restoration at NOAA: 25 Years
Restoring wetlands, rivers, or corals reefs from natural or human-induced degradation is the focus of NOAA's Restoration Center, which is celebrating it's 25th year in existence.
Treasuring the Choptank: Residents and Scientists Envision a Healthier Chesapeake Bay
On Maryland's Eastern Shore, NOAA and partners are conducting science, restoring habitat, and working with community organizations to help residents develop and implement their vision for a healthy Choptank River.
Repairing the Reef: West Hawai’i Focuses on Habitat
On Hawai’i Island, NOAA is partnering with The Nature Conservancy, local communities, government agencies, non-profit organizations and businesses to restore habitat and improve coral reef health along with other natural and cultural resources.
Discover the Deep-Sea Corals of Maine
Scientists with NOAA Fisheries discover deep-sea coral gardens close to shore (25 miles) and shallow (700 feet). Unknown until 2014, these Gulf of Maine spots abound with corals, cod, and a snapping goosefish. Look out!
Restoring Native Shellfish: The Kenneth K. Chew Shellfish Hatchery
The Olympia oyster is the only oyster species native to the Pacific Northwest coast of the U.S. Populations are down and habitat is depleted for these oysters, and this new native shellfish hatchery has come online to help recover their populations.
Healthy Habitat: The Foundation of America's Seafood and Fisheries
Healthy habitat is the foundation of our nation's seafood and fisheries. Habitat provides important feeding and breeding grounds for fish and protected species and without healthy habitat, we cannot sustain the fisheries that will feed Americans now.
Renewed Passage: Buzzards Bay to the Acushnet River
Learn how NOAA Fisheries and its partners installed a "nature-like" fishway on the Acushnet River in Massachusetts to improve habitat and help migrating herring access prime spawning grounds.
A River Reborn: Restoring Salmon Habitat Along the Duwamish River
The Boeing Company worked with NOAA under a Natural Resource Damage Assessment to restore habitat harmed by historical industrial activities on the Lower Duwamish River. Learn how the project will benefit the community, fish, and wildlife.
Celebrating Sea Turtles
Happy Turtle Week everyone! In celebration, NOAA Fisheries invites you to sit back and enjoy this 60-second montage of sea turtles in their natural habitat.